Harry Potter 'Moving' Picture Frame

I (Steph from Mother Daughter Projects) have been a fan of Harry Potter since high school. Love the books, love the movies, love the theme park! I also love Apple and all my devices. I have kept all my old mobile devices through the years in hope that I could use them again one day for something. I found that something! I used my first and second generation iPod touches for this project (I have a few old iPhone's waiting for a project too).

As a Harry Potter fan, I know this is not exactly like the Harry Potter pictures. The people actually move in Wizarding World pictures but old iPods don't work with live photos- so if you were to use new tech in this project you could probably be truer to HP pictures.

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I cut two pieces of foam board to fit my 8x10 shadow box.

I decided the layout of the iPods and frames.

I traced around the iPods and cut out a spot for them in one of the foam boards.

I printed out some favorite pictures to add around the iPod pictures.

I used double sided tape to attach the pictures, the two pieces of foam board together, and the foam board to the shadow box.

I used duct tape to make a pull tab to easily remove the iPods.

I used double sided tape to attach the iPod frames to the front of the glass. When the shadow box is closed, only the iPod screens can be seen and everything else is hidden.

This was a fun project! After I figured out how to put it together, it took about an hour to finish. For the iPods, I just synced some of my fav pictures to them from my Mac. I intentionally put only vertical/horizontal pictures on the respective iPods. I thought about wiring this up so the iPods could charge in the frame, but I decided it would be easy enough to take them out to charge and to sync new pictures. I get about 5 hours of picture time from these (I also put them in airplane mode to get the best battery life).

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